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FAQ / Where do the spiders of Mirkwood come from

The spiders of Mirkwood are the offspring of Shelob, smaller, yet still dangerous. These are the creatures that Bilbo encountered in The Hobbit.

There age long she had dwelt, an evil thing in spider-form, even such as once of old had lived in the Land of the Elves in the West that is now under the Sea, such as Beren fought in the Mountains of Terror in Doriath, and so came to Luthien upon the green sward amid the hemlocks in the moonlight long ago. How Shelob came there, flying from ruin, no tale tells, for out of the Dark Years few tales have come. But still she was there, who was there before Sauron, and before the first stone of Barad-dűr; and she served none but herself, drinking the blood of Elves and Men, bloated and grown fat with endless brooding on her feasts, weaving webs of shadow; for all living things were her food, and her vomit darkness. Far and wide her lesser broods, bastards of the miserable mates, her own offspring, that she slew, spread from glen to glen, from the EphelD˙ath to the eastern hills, to DolGuldur and the fastnesses of Mirkwood'. But none could rival her, Shelob the Great, last child of Ungoliant to trouble the unhappy world.
The Two Towers: Shelob's Lair

Authored by TTFMember:Elendil3119


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